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Digital Hoarding Questionnaire

Do you struggle to let go of your digital possessions? Take this test to find out if you have a 'digital hoarding' habit.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | December 13, 2023

In the ever-evolving digital age, the notion of hoarding has transcended the physical realm, giving rise to a subtle yet pervasive behavior known as "digital hoarding." While traditional hoarding disorder is well-documented, the digital variant involves the accumulation of countless digital files, often leading to stress and disorder in the virtual space. As our lives become increasingly intertwined with technology, understanding and addressing digital hoarding is crucial for maintaining a healthy relationship with our digital possessions.

Unlike physical clutter that is overtly visible, digital hoarding operates on our devices, making it challenging to identify and address. Recognizing this, researchers and psychologists have developed tools to quantify and assess digital hoarding habits.

At the forefront of understanding digital hoarding lies a valuable tool: The Digital Hoarding Questionnaire. Developed to delve into the intricacies of digital possession management, this questionnaire comprises 10 carefully crafted statements that prompt individuals to reflect on their behaviors.

By gauging one's resistance to deletion and emotional connections to files, this questionnaire provides a structured framework for assessing digital hoarding behaviors. Armed with insights from the questionnaire, individuals can embark on a journey of intentional digital curation, fostering a healthier and more mindful relationship with their virtual belongings.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Please answer the following statements by selecting the most appropriate number, where 1 = not at all to 5 = very much so:

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Neave, N., Briggs, P., Mckellar, K., & Sillence, E. (2019). Digital hoarding behavious: measurement and evaluation. Computers in Human Behavior, 92, 72-77.

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